- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte has no plans of extending his term
- He said the focus of the President is securing COVID-19 vaccines
- Earlier, Senators Francis Tolentino and Ronald dela Rosa called for a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution
Malacañang denied rumors that President Rodrigo Duterte and some government officials are plotting a term extension under a charter change proposal pending in Congress.
Recently, Senators Francis Tolentino and Ronald dela Rosa filed a resolution urging the Congress to convene for a constituent assembly for the purpose of amending the Constitution.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the move was not made to extend the terms of the President until 2025. He said Duterte has no plans of extending his term in office.
Roque said, “Wala pong katuturan iyang mga tsismis na iyan. The President has made it clear, wala po siyang kahit anong kagustuhan na manatili ng isang minuto man lang beyond his term of office.’
He said that while they respect the initiative made by the lawmakers, the priority of the government as of now is to secure COVID-19 vaccines.
“Katungkulan po iyan ng mga mambabatas. That is their sole, exclusive prerogative; nirirespeto po natin iyan at sa ngayon po ay number one priority natin ay ang COVID-19 lalong lalo na ang usaping vaccine,” the Palace official said.
“Wala pong ibang top priority kung hindi matapos ang pandemyang ito sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng bakuna sa ating taumbayan,” he added.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III expressed that Duterte does not want a term extension but rather an amendment to the party-list system. He disclosed that the President is more concerned with the party-list lawmakers connected to communist rebels.